Bone Marrow Stromal Cell-Derived IL-8 Upregulates PVR Expression on Multiple Myeloma Cells via NF-kB Transcription Factor

Abdelilah Mekhloufi, Andrea Kosta, Helena Stabile, Rosa Molfetta, Alessandra Zingoni, Alessandra Soriani, Marco Cippitelli, Rossella Paolini, Angela Gismondi, Maria Rosaria Ricciardi, Maria Teresa Petrucci, Laura Masuelli, Giulio Caracciolo, Sara Palchetti, Angela Santoni, Cinzia Fionda

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Abstract

Bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) strongly contribute to multiple myeloma (MM) progression, promoting the survival and growth of malignant plasma cells (PCs). However, the possible impact of these cells on the immune-mediated recognition of MM cells remains largely unknown. DNAM-1 activating receptor plays a prominent role in NK cell anti-MM response engaging the ligands poliovirus receptor (PVR) and nectin-2 on malignant PCs. Here, we analysed the role of MM patient-derived BMSCs in the regulation of PVR expression. We found that BMSCs enhance PVR surface expression on MM cells and promote their NK cell-mediated recognition. PVR upregulation occurs at transcriptional level and involves NF-kB transcription factor activation by BMSC-derived soluble factors. Indeed, overexpression of a dominant-negative mutant of IKBα blocked PVR upregulation. IL-8 plays a prominent role in these mechanisms since blockade of CXCR1/2 receptors as well as depletion of the cytokine via RNA interference prevents the enhancement of PVR expression by BMSC-derived conditioned medium. Interestingly, IL-8 is associated with stromal microvesicles which are also required for PVR upregulation via CXCR1/CXCR2 signaling activation. Our findings identify BMSCs as regulators of NK cell anti-MM response and contribute to define novel molecular pathways involved in the regulation of PVR expression in cancer cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)440
JournalCancers
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 13 2020

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